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Seeing the positive changes brought by the federal health law

the American way of health coverage is close to the worst and costliest in the developed world. The Affordable Care Act puts a dent in both those features, but doesn't eliminate them.

 

Dec 29, 2013 Michael Hiltzik Michael Hiltzik

LA Times Contact Reporter
This was the year that millions of Americans learned that health insurance is complicated. The landscape they discovered is ugly.

Paying a premium doesn't mean your costs are over. Lower premiums mean higher deductibles, higher fees at the doctor's office, higher prescription costs. You may have to pay more to see a certain doctor or go to a certain hospital.

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Then there's the bottom-line rationale for the Affordable Care Act, from its inception. As Aaron Carroll of Indiana University pointed out in a recent blog post, "reducing the number of uninsured is a good thing, not a bad thing." And that hasn't changed.

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